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Curtis Samuel is so versatile, ESPN and NFL Network disagreed on his position


The Carolina Panthers are absolutely loaded up on multi-talented athletes, adding Stanford all-purpose back/return man Christian McCaffrey to ultimate dual-threat QB Cam Newton and then picking Ohio States Curtis Samuel, the guy who does so much stuff, neither NFL draft network listed the same position for him.

Ranking No. 3 on Ohio State in rushing and leading the team in receiving, Samuel raised plenty of questions about how exactly hed be used in the pros.

His combine profile listed him as a WR, he was technically listed as an H-back in college, and he can run back a punt or two if need be.
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Follow the action with our 2017 NFL draft tracker with pick-by-pick results and analysis updating in real-time for all seven rounds.

Some great talent came off the board in the second and third rounds, including players like Cam Robinson, Malik McDowell, and Budda Baker.

The Carolina Panthers selected Curtis Samuel No. 40 overall, adding him alongside Christian McCaffrey, bolstering their offense. The following pick, the Vikings drafted Dalvin Cook to put in the backfield with Latavius Murray in replacement of Adrian Peterson.
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The Cleveland Browns finally selected a quarterback, taking Notre Dames DeShone Kizer, continuing what has appeared to be a successful draft for Hue Jacksons team after taking Myles Garrett, Jabrill Peppers, and David Njoku in the first round.

Phil Jackson admits Knicks will try to trade Carmelo Anthony


During Knicks president Phil Jacksons exit press conference, the Zen Master suggested the team would be moving on from All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony this summer. Anthony holds a no-trade clause and would need to approve of any destination before leaving town.

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Jackson attempted to deal Anthony to the Los Angeles Clippers at the trade deadline for a package that did not include Chris Paul, Blake Griffin or DeAndre Jordan. He also reached out to the Cleveland Cavaliers about a trade for Kevin Love.

King was one of the only players remaining in the Green Room on Day 2, and he does fill a need for the Packers. King is unusually tall, 63, and hes physical. Hes not fast, and he has an injury history. Green Bay needs a cornerback and hes the best one on the board at this point.

The Jaguars saw former first rounder Luke Joeckel walk in free agency after Jacksonville declined to pick up his option. They got a lineman with first-round talent in Robinson. Hes a great value in the second and his run-blocking prowess will pair nicely with first rounder Leonard Fournette.

Bill Belichick playing a word association game is more telling than a normal interview


Bill Belichick has a reputation for not being even a bit revealing. He’s notoriously tight-lipped with the media. But in an interview with CNBC’s Suzy Welch, Belichick opened up thanks to a word association game.

In the in-depth interview, Belichick seemed at ease. He was more than willing to play along when Welch suggested the word association exercise.

Welch’s first word for Belichick was “football.”

“More sport than business, but it’s a business,” was Belichick’s immediate reply. “I respect the game for the game and for the sport.”

The next words Welch wanted Belichick to address were “the media.” Considering that he’s the guy who just kept saying “Seattle” when reporters asked him about his relationship with Donald Trump, his answer was a bit surprising.

“It’s how a team connects to its fans,” Belichick said.

“I think just the experience of doing that type of stuff, you don’t just run stuff and think you’re going to be good at it right away. You’ve got to commit to it and work at it year round, and it’s all the positions. When all your quarterbacks have different ways to be successful, which I’ve been in situations like that and you try to prepare them best, it does take a toll on your offense. What are you trying to get good at? You can’t practice everything. You can’t be great at everything. You’ve kind of got to commit to something and do it over and over and over again and once the type of running game or drop-back game, you’re going to commit to one quarterback is completely different than the other, then that does affect your team.


Roman Polak suffers nasty injury after falling onto his own leg


Dontari Poe Authentic Jersey In 2016, Lynch went on an adventure with Bear Grylls for his NBC show Running Wild, which mostly consisted of Lynch reacting in disbelief to the things he and Grylls had to do Corsican Mountains — like hunting a wild hog and making a fire from Lynch’s dreads.

It made for a great buddy comedy, which sometimes became heartfelt. We know Lynch has been reluctant to talk to the media, but Grylls managed to get some insight on his social welfare work, and why he left football (until 2017, when he agreed to sign with the pre-Vegas Raiders.)

The first recorded instance of Lynch’s Beast Mode comes from this pre-draft interview. Lynch is asked about his attitude. He firmly responds with BEAST MODE, on the field.

The Maple Leafs may have just lost their workhorse defenseman in Roman Polak thanks to an unfortunate landing after a big hit.

Brooks Orpik laid Polak out in the second period of the Capitals and Maple Leafs game on Sunday, resulting in an awful landing for the big defenseman.

There is knee-to-knee contact between Polak and Orpik, but what really injures the Maple Leafs defenseman is his landing. Polaks right skate gets caught in the ice and he twists and falls onto his leg with the weight of his entire body.

Elite Allen Robinson Jersey Polak had to be helped off the ice by trainers as he struggled to put weight on his leg. You can see exactly where Polak injured his leg right here.

The defenseman played almost 24 minutes in Game 1 for the Maple Leafs, and would be a huge loss for Toronto should he miss more than one game.

If the NHL won’t shut down their league to accommodate the Olympics


No, it wouldn’t be. As I said, it’s not a perfect solution. Taking hockey out of the Winter Olympics means moving women’s hockey, too, which comes with its own set of negotiations.

If the NHL won’t shut down their league to accommodate the Olympics, just take that decision out all together.

Womens Braydon Coburn Jersey It also removes the only team sport from the Winter Olympics and arguably the game’s biggest draw. Speed skating and ice skating might not be enough to carry the winter games and hockey would have to compete in a crowded summer field with basketball, swimming, gymnastics, and maybe even baseball.
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That distinction belonged to Jordan Bell, who has been an unstoppable force ever since frontcourt mate Chris Boucher was lost for the season with an ACL tear during the Pac-12 tournament. Bell capped his remarkable run in the Midwest Region by coming two blocks short of a triple-double in the Ducks’ Elite Eight upset of Kansas. All this has left Second Team All-American Dillon Brooks as the third-best player on his own team during March Madness.

As for the two top seeds still standing, there’s no shortage of star power there either. North Carolina’s Justin Jackson was named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press earlier this week, while Gonzaga’s Nigel Williams-Goss made an appearance on the Second Team. Both players were named the Player of the Year in their respective conferences.

At some point in time, a large faction of the sports world became convinced that lottery pick freshman talent is now a necessity for teams looking to be true national championship contenders. Perhaps it’s because we saw Greg Oden and Derrick Rose nearly lead their teams to titles in the first two years of the so-called “one-and-done rule.” Or maybe it’s because we saw Anthony Davis carry Kentucky to a title in 2017 and Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones do the same thing at Duke three years later.

NFL free agency 2017: Where the top 100 free agents have signed


There’s no shortage of optimism for NFL fans in the spring, and nothing says hope springs eternal like a brand new free agent acquisition. The player your team just signed is totally going to be the difference this year; you just know it!

While there are a few names still on the market, most of the biggest money has already been spent in the weeks since NFL free agency began on March 9.

The highest odds at the No. 1 overall pick are headed to the Brooklyn Nets, who have all but clinched the league’s worst record at 16-58, light years behind the next-worst teams. That pick, though, is headed to Boston, but there are a few competitions that could make for some interesting end-of-the-year tank sessions across the board.

Say hello to Scott Tolzien, the Packers’ latest starting quarterback. He was third-string as of two weeks ago, but injuries to Rodgers and Seneca Wallace have forced the third-year quarterback out of Wisconsin into action. Although the Packers managed just 13 points against the Philadelphia Eagles last week, Tolzien played reasonably well, going 24-for-39 for 280 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He will need to be on point to take out the Giants.

The purpose of every NFL regular season is to confound preseason expectations. That said, if we went back in time to the kickoff of Week 1 and gave an avid NFL observer a sneak peek at the Week 11 standings, he probably wouldn’t be too shocked.

As sure as the sun rises in the East, the Pats lead the AFC East.

The Broncos sit atop the AFC West (though the Chiefs’ appearance at 9-1 would likely raise an eyebrow).

Justin Thomas also addressed the situation from Augusta


Elite Mens Paul Dawson Jersey The Chicago Bears released longtime starter Jay Cutler at the start of free agency, so he’s available. There hasn’t been much news coming out of the Cutler camp — other than his wife posting a photo of Cutler’s bare butt on Instagram — leaving questions about whether he will retire after a decade-long NFL career.

Neither quarterback is the right fit for the Texans or Broncos, though. Cutler started his career with the Broncos all the way back in 2006, but demanded a trade after the 2008 season and ended up landing in Chicago.
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“You know, it’s somewhat like when you look at if something were to come up Monday after the tournament, the tournament’s done. So where do things close off? If something happened Thursday in the tournament, something were to come up on Sunday, then you go back and enforce a penalty there,” Fowler said. “It just goes back to, there shouldn’t be anyone outside of the officials being able to make this call.”

Justin Thomas also addressed the situation from Augusta, where he was preparing for his second Masters. Thompson did not intend to violate the rules, he reasoned.

“When people say that she cheated is just ridiculous,” Thomas said. “She played better than everybody that week. She deserved to win and just because someone is sitting at home, gets behind a computer and decides to send an email to this mysterious email address and can change an outcome is bizarre to me … It’s frustrating and it needs to go away and it needs to change.”

Seattle also signed Oday Aboushi, who will test out the right guard position for Seattle. Ifedi, last year’s right guard, will compete for the starting right tackle role with Gerry Gilliam.

There are a handful of experienced players still bouncing around in free agency, like tackle Ryan Clady. Clady is hitting the twilight of his career, but if he can stay healthy, would bring a veteran presence at tackle.

The benefits of a 10-minute overtime may go beyond simply making the game more exciting.


Bjoern Werner will make his first career start Sunday in place of Erik Walden, who was suspended one game by the NFL for head-butting Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker. Werner was drafted No. 24 overall by the Indianapolis Colts during the 2017 NFL Draft, but has yet to make a major impact as a rookie. He will have his chance Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.

Werner was once considered a potential top-five prospect, but he slipped during evaluations. This season, he has played sparingly. Through seven appearances, he has seven tackles and 0.5 sacks. Werner missed all three of the Colts’ games in October due to a foot injury.

The benefits of a 10-minute overtime may go beyond simply making the game more exciting. Just five fewer minutes on the field should be better for players physically.
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Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh agrees.

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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that player recovery was the main reason he supported the rule change.
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The rule change wouldn鈥檛 necessarily result in more ties, either, according to Harbaugh.